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The Association encourages ethical behavior in the marketplace through publication of its voluntary Code of Ethics, by carrying articles on ethical issues in the Newsline, by including programs on ethical issues in meetings, and by publishing the voluntary Code of Ethics in a certificate-type format suitable for mounting, giving each new member a copy. When situations arise in which the ethical behavior of members is questioned, either by members or non-members of the Association, the ASBA responds in the following manner:

Letters of Complaint

All letters of complaint addressed to the Association or to its Board of Directors are sent to the Ethics Committee for initial review; a copy of all such correspondence is sent to the Board of Directors with a memo indicating that the matter has been referred to the Ethics Committee and reminding the Board of its obligation to hold such matters confidential; the Ethics Committee first determines whether or not the issue presented is an issue that should be addressed by the Association. Issues to be addressed by the Association will be limited to those matters which relate directly to the association and will not include those matters relating to business practice or marketplace behavior.

Ethics Procedures
  1. Upon receipt of a written complaint from any source concerning a matter of ethics relating to the ASBA, the committee will send a form to the complainant requesting details of the matter.

  2. The committee will review information submitted by mail or phone, depending upon the severity of the situation, to determine whether or not to send a letter to the party involved, call that party or send a copy of the complaint to that party. Legal Counsel and Board of Directors will receive copies of all correspondence immediately.

  3. The Committee will determine the severity of the situation and will recommend a direction for action. The Board should assist the Committee in determining appropriate types of investigation of complaints.

  4. The Committee will notify the Board of Directors of any remedial action taken by the Committee, and on more serious situations, reefer to the Board for further action.

  5. The Committee will send a letter of response to both the person filing a complaint and to the person about whom a complaint is filed.